Local Sports and Outdoors briefs


New Boat Ramp at Oxbow Road

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Aug. 28 at Oxbow Road for a new boat ramp, to open late spring 2018.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, “the existing Oxbow Road access area in Delaware County (is) the only boater access on the northern portion of Hoover Reservoir.” It is currently a gravel launch ramp and parking lot.

ODNR and the City of Columbus are teaming up on the project, which will install a concrete boat ramp with a floating dock, widen the access road, install a sidewalk, paving the road and parking lot with separate car-only and car-trailer sections, and new street lamps.

The project is funded by the federal Sport Fishing Restoration Act (an excise tax on fishing equipment), a state motorboat fuel tax, and the City of Columbus.

“Improving the Oxbow Road access will help anglers access the excellent catfish and crappie fishing that exists in the lake,” said ODNR spokesperson Carey Santiana in a news release.

OSU on Football Parking

Construction to close football game day parking lots beginning September 5. The straightening and elevating of Cannon Drive will support future growth of the university and the Medical Center by creating 12 acres of developable land, serving as future flood protection, creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues and enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor.

The first phase of construction is expected to run through the fall of 2019. As a result, starting Sept. 5, Cannon Drive will close for construction between 12th Avenue and Medical Center Drive. Access to the SR-315 on-ramp and off-ramp will be maintained during football season – though intermittent closures could occur this fall during overnight hours.

The Polo and Dodd surface parking lots, located along Cannon Drive, will close the night of Sept. 4. The project will remove 2,100 parking spaces. SEE: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/genrel/081517aaa.html.

Marna Cakes makes Buckeyes

Local baker Marna Cakes had a Buckeyes giveaway recently on Facebook. They looked delicious. The first game is tonight at Indiana.

OSU stacked with quality 5th-year players

Associated Press: “Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, seven players are in their fifth year of eligibility in Columbus, meaning each had a redshirt year. Not only are all at the top of the Buckeyes’ depth chart, they’re among the best players in college football.”

Browns on the clock

The Cleveland Browns have submitted a bid to host the NFL Drafts in 2019 and 2020. In another move, the team has named Notre Dame rookie Deshon Kizer as their starting quarterback. Will he end the carousel that has been that has plagued this storied franchise since it returned to the league?

Meanwhile, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is suspended again for a hard hit, this time for five games for a stop in a preseason game. You’ll recall he missed the first three games last season after concussing Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in a playoff loss.

Little League Classic

Baseball’s recent Little League Classic was fun, with the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 at a small ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; but what was even better was seeing the players’ nicknames on their uniforms and seeing the teams shake hands after the game, as it should be.

Combatives Competition

Last weekend, nearly 90 men and women in six weight classes competed together in a daylong tournament of non-lethal hand-to-hand combat at the Columbus Armory. The tournament was hosted by the Ohio Army National Guard.

High School Football

Among the highlights of last week’s central Ohio games is that OSU recruit and Westerville South senior Jaelen Gill rushed for three touchdowns, caught another one and had an interception on defense in a 50-14 win over Dublin Scioto. All three Olentangy teams won their games; and Westerville North shut out Groveport 27-0 on Le’veon Bell’s newly-donated field.

OSU #1 again

Ohio State ranks first among college teams for the price of resale tickets at Ohio Stadium, according to Vivid Seats’ College Football Pricing Preview. The median price for a single home game ticket is $200. On the road, the Buckeyes are third, behind Alabama and Notre Dame.

Combat Sports

Didn’t watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight, although it sounded like it did not disappoint. Was a bit surprised over not only the payday, but the amount bet, because when a mixed martial artist goes into the ring for a boxing match, typically the boxer comes out on top. Still, it was good to see these much-maligned combat sports get increased exposure.

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An aerial view of Oxbow Road.
http://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/09/oxbow.pngAn aerial view of Oxbow Road.

Compiled By Gary Budzak

gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.